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The Last Mezuzah Traces in Kazimierz Krakow, Poland.

With the intense, commercial refurbishment of Kazimierz in Krakow, the last traces of Mezuzot¬† are disappearing fast … too fast. The visible recesses on stone door frames are still visible, though some have been filled in. In some cases, two nail holes are barely visible on wooden door frames where a Mezuzah once hung.

A Mezuzah is a piece of parchment (often contained in a decorative case) inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah.  A mezuzah is affixed to the door frame in Jewish homes. Some interpret Jewish law to require a mezuzah on every doorway in the home apart from bathrooms and closets too small to qualify as rooms.

Mezuzat were sometimes removed from the front door by European Jews during WWII in an effort to avoid being identified and arrested by the Nazis.

(Pictures and story courtesy of Polin Travel-Guide and genealogy services in Poland, Cracow and Auschwitz).

The disappearing Mezuzah's in Krakow

Photo: THE LAST MEZUZOT TRACES ON KAZIMIERZ IN CRACOW.Picture by jewish-guide.pl

Photo: THE LAST MEZUZOT TRACES ON KAZIMIERZ IN CRACOW.Picture by jewish-guide.pl
Photo: THE LAST MEZUZOT TRACES ON KAZIMIERZ IN CRACOW.Picture by jewish-guide.pl

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